Brighton is roughly 8.4 square kilometres in size and has 16 parks covering nearly 7.2% of total space. The population of Brighton in 2011 was 21,257 people and by 2016 the population was 23,248. This showed a population growth of 9.4% in the area during that time. The predominant age group in Brighton is 50-59 years. Households in Brighton are primarily couples with children and are likely to be repaying over $4000 per month on mortgage repayments. In general, people in Brighton work in a professional occupation. In 2011, 73.4% of the homes in Brighton were owner-occupied compared with 72.1% in 2016. Currently the median sales price of houses in the area is $2,837,500.
Brighton is one of Melbourne's most prestigious suburbs, located south of the city between Elwood and Hampton and fronting Port Phillip with its stretches of white, sandy beaches.
The major hub in Brighton is situated on Church Street and offers supermarkets, a cinema at the Dendy Plaza Shopping Centre and a range of high-end fashion and beauty establishments. A historic shopping strip is Bay Street in North Brighton, where cafes and restaurants complement fashion and gift shops. Near the Gardenvale station is Martin Street where there's a mix of gourmet food outlets and modern retailers. And finally, the coastal thoroughfare of The Esplanade contains a range of hotels and a small commercial centre across from the the Middle Brighton Baths. There are almost 6 kilometres of coastline within Brighton's suburban boundary, with a diverse range of attractions and activities for all. A pedestrian and bicycle path runs along much of the foreshore, lined with palm trees, gardens and open lawns. The Middle Brighton Pier leads to a large marina facility and next to that are the Middle Brighton Baths. These historic sea baths have been enjoyed by visitors since 1881 and the complex includes a cafe, restaurant, gymnasium and function facilities. Designated areas of Brighton's beaches are used by windsurfers and water skiers.
Dendy street beach is the most popular spot in Brighton. The colourful beach huts (pictured) which line this stretch of coast are well-known Melbourne. Brighton's beautiful gardens and historic architecture can be enjoyed at a number of locations in the suburb. The Brighton Town Hall Precinct, on Carpenter Street, includes the majestic facade of the town hall building, surrounding lawns and rose garden. The local council offices, a library and theatre are located on the site. The Billilla Historic Homestead in Halifax Street features beautiful gardens which are open to the public. Kamesburgh is a grand Italianate mansion on North Road, set within formal English gardens and water features. Elsternwick Park, which borders neighbouring Elwood, consists of a series of lakes surrounded by gardens, playgrounds and sporting ovals.
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*source: CoreLogic May 2020